Lotus Evija, pure British electric superpower

The world is familiar with British supercars, but there is a new direction in the automotive industry and legendary automakers are starting to come along with it. Evija translates to ‘the first in existence’ and sets a high bar for the electrified lineup of Lotus vehicles which are sure to follow.

Lotus revealed the Evija which will become the first British hypercar and the first fully electric vehicle built by Lotus.

“The Lotus Evija is a car like no other. It will re-establish our brand in the hearts and minds of sports car fans and on the global automotive stage,” Lotus Cars CEO Phil Popham said at the official unveiling in London. “It will also pave the way for further visionary models.”

Evija is a functional masterpiece

This new Evija will have a top speed of 200 mph (320km/h) and a 0-60 time of under 3 seconds. Its performance specs alone catapult the Evija well into the rarified air of the hypercars. It will be set apart by more than just its performance, as Lotus will only produce 130 of that car in a bid for exclusivity, but also in the realization that not many enthusiasts will be able or willing to drop a cool £1.7 million (plus duties, taxes, destination charges, etc). The details released so far represent the targets being set by the design team as they inch ever-closer to finalizing the final vehicle build.

“The Lotus Evija has astonishing acceleration at higher speeds,” Matt Windle, Executive Director, Sports Car Engineering at Lotus Cars said. “It takes less than nine seconds to reach 300 km/h which is better than any other direct competitor.”

This sets new standards for engineering excellence

All that power comes from the Evija’s four motors, fed by a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery pack capable of pushing out 2,000 kW of power in a single burst. The entire battery, motor, and charging system were developed by a joint venture between Lotus and Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) that was founded to develop the next generation of propulsion technologies.

“With the Lotus Evija we have an extremely efficient electric powertrain package, capable of delivering power to the road in a manner never seen before,” Lotus’ Matt Windle said. “Our battery, e-motors, and transmission each operate at up to 98% efficiency. This sets new standards for engineering excellence.”

Motorsport-inspired interior is a technical tour de force

The interior of the Lotus Evija is as dramatic as the exterior. Inspired by the technical precision of race car engineering, the dominant characteristic of the cabin is the ‘floating wing’ dashboard which can be glimpsed from outside through the windscreen. The design also echoes the porosity of the exterior.

“The shape is inspired by the company’s prototype racing cars of the late Fifties and early Sixties,” explained Russell Carr, Design Director, Lotus Cars. “It has a beauty and an elegance to it and represents a typically Lotus approach because it performs multiple functions.

Exceptional attention to detail – as people would expect from Lotus – is at the heart of the interior. For example, visible carbon fiber surfaces enhance the sense of lightweight, while a thin metal band – engraved with the words ‘For The Drivers’ – runs centrally through the squab of both seats.
Inside, the cabin strikes the perfect balance between the precise functionality of a track car and the comfort of a road car.

The Evija stores its power in a 70 kWh lithium-ion battery pack capable of pushing out 2,000 kW of power in a single burst. That translates to 400 km of range per charge. The mid-mounted battery pack carries forward the classic Lotus mid-motor positioning, while also serving to anchor the vehicle to the ground with a low center of gravity.

The massive power capability of the battery also translates to faster recharge times, with the capability to accept an 800 kW charge. Seeing as how there aren’t any 800 kW stations today, Lotus said that on a 350kW station, the Evija can recharge up to 80% in just 12 minutes or 100% in 18 minutes. DC fast charging in the Evija comes from its CCS2 charging port, which is tucked conveniently behind a vented flap at the rear of the car.

Meet the Lotus Evija. The first all-electric British hypercar.

The thrilling next chapter of one of the greatest automotive stories ever told. The Lotus Evija continues a rich, 70-year tradition of iconic, game-changing road and racing cars.

A bloodline steeped in daring innovation and radical thinking takes another revolutionary leap forward.

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